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ex Jersey girl looking for a restaurant (not sub shop) that has NJ food or NJ chef

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We want to enjoy a NJ-themed dinner before the Springsteen concert. Anyone know of a good restaurant with a NJ expat chef? Or maybe an authentic NJ style southern Italian restaurant? I guess there is Matteos, but *yawn*. No to Dinah's. No subshops, we want a real restaurant - fine dining. Ideas? Location needs to be on the West Side or not that far from the sports arena.

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  1. http://www.laweekly.com/bestof/2011/a...

    As close as I could find...unfortunately it's a Deli but you could always get the food and eat elsewhere...

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    1. re: Servorg

      Another (sudden) thought: http://www.marinorestaurant.net/

      1. re: Servorg

        Oh - sal's brother's place - good idea! ty

    2. Vito's. Yeah, we know it's one of best slices in town however, proud Garden Stater Vito DiDonato also makes a killer baked ziti and other pasta and red sauce combos.

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      1. re: Kris P Pata

        thanks!

      2. the chef at Craft is from NJ.

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        1. re: NYCnowLA

          So is the chef at Providence.

        2. Since you said fine dining, there's Peppones in Brentwood, off Barrington, near Sunset,

          There is no typical NJ style Italian restaurant in the LA area.